B+H demonstrates impact of strategic planning on sustainable cities

June 01, 2018 | 14:48
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Drawing on its global expertise and experience, B+H explored the design of Saigon Park and Hamlet Waterfront Residential Master Plan to demonstrate how strategic planning and design can create truly sustainable cities and communities.
bh demonstrates impact of strategic planning on sustainable cities
Saigon Park, the future of urban planning

The exploration occurred in the framework of the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference held on May 14 in Ottawa, Canada, which focused on designing healthy, 10-minute neighbourhoods globally.

This eclectic collection of minds met to exchange experiences and ideas on how to improve health and well-being for all and ensure the long-term sustainability of the natural and man-made environments within our cities.

The first example in the presentation was Saigon Park. It is a large linear historic park in the central business district (CBD) of Ho Chi Minh City. The park serves as the terminus of the new metro line, and an updated central transit bus terminal at the opposite, with routes extending into the city.

“The strategy around the park’s revitalisation is to transition it from an open green space for passive recreation into a dynamic urban destination that ties together surrounding neighbourhoods through commercial and cultural services,” said Eddie Wu who is a principal.

“Surrounding communities are also rapidly transitioning, thus this park is considered a key initiative in defining the future of the CBD,” Wu added.

bh demonstrates impact of strategic planning on sustainable cities
A scenic look of Hamlet Waterfront Residential Master Plan

Meanwhile, Hamlet Waterfront Residential Master Plan covers an approximately 200-hectare area in the south of the Ho Chi Minh City urban area, along the Saigon River.

“Meeting the needs of families looking for grade-related housing close to the city at more affordable prices than available in the city, plans include a mix of housing and amenities focused on walkability,” explained Quan Nguyen, director of B+H’s Planning & Landscape Vietnam.

Responding to concerns how experience in planning and design in Vietnam can apply to the revitalisation of global cities and communities, Marshall explained, “The design of Saigon Park speaks to how we can make 10-minute neighbourhoods healthier through the rejuvenation of existing spaces within high-density cities across the globe. The design of the park demonstrates an opportunity to create meaningful public outdoor spaces that support people through walkable amenities, provide spaces and services for all segments of society, and simultaneously reinforce a sense of civic pride.”

Regarding Hamlet Waterfront Residential Plan, Marshall added, “The project taught us lessons on how the principles of biomimicry can be applied to the master planning of new urban subcentres to achieve a low-impact approach.”

B+H Architects is a global award-winning firm with an over 65-year legacy of building creative solutions for clients through the delivery of architecture, interior design, landscape, planning, advance strategy, and other consulting services.

With the more than 450 team members working in numerous places around the world, including Toronto, China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, B+H committed to responding to the needs of clients and shaping buildings, environments, and communities.

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